Good evening, this is Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera calling with an important update regarding the stomach virus that has been affecting children in our community.
Earlier this week, the district learned that several high school students who had recently returned from a trip to Spain had begun to exhibit symptoms commonly associated with the norovirus. Since that time, additional students at the high school, and most recently a student at Sylvan, have also begun to show related symptoms.
In earlier communications the district referenced these as “reported cases” and I wish to clarify that statement. At this time, the Department of Health has stated that none of the individuals reporting symptoms have been diagnosed with a confirmed case of the norovirus. Additionally, it is important to note that while all were symptomatic, not all, (in fact very few), individuals were officially tested and those results are still pending. The district continues to remain in contact with the Department of Health for updated information and guidance on the matter.
While the district has remained vigilant in it’s efforts to clean and disinfect surfaces on a regimented basis, out of an abundance of caution each of our buildings’ classrooms, common spaces and restrooms will undergo a deep and thorough cleaning this weekend.
This evening, our maintenance staff will begin the deep cleaning at the high school so that tomorrow’s SAT exams can be provided as scheduled.
I urge us all to work together to safeguard against the spread of any virus by practicing proper personal hygiene and washing hands regularly.
Thank you for your attention to this important message.
Superintendent of Schools
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